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'It just shows the sheer difference, I think it's a disgrace': Rowe hits out at lack of Hawk-Eye

The Dublin wing-forward saw her first-half score incorrectly ruled out.

Carla Rowe left dejected at full-time.
Carla Rowe left dejected at full-time.
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DUBLIN’S CLARA ROWE, who saw her first-half point during yesterday’s All-Ireland final incorrectly waved wide, has vented her frustration as she and her team-mates came to terms with the injustice of their defeat.

Gregory McGonigle’s side slipped to an agonising one-point loss to Cork on Sunday with wing-forward Rowe seeing her 22nd minute score at the Hill 16 end waved wide by the umpires.

Dublin were left understandably aggrieved at full-time and the absence of the Hawk-Eye score detection system for the national final was labelled as a ‘disgrace’ by an emotional Rowe.

“It just shows the difference, we’re after losing by a point. Could be a drawn match, we could have went on and kicked on to win the game at the end,” she told 98FM’s Stephen Doyle.

“It just shows the difference, I asked for the Hawk-Eye, I know it’s not in the women’s football. It just shows the sheer difference. I think it’s a disgrace.”

“Myself and Lyndsey Davey went up and we said, ‘that went over the bar, they need to look back at it’. We went up to the referee but sure they make their decision, there’s nothing they can do.”

“As I said I just think it’s a disgrace. It’s just summed up in one word.”

Dublin are considering an appeal against the result but it may fall on deaf ears with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association having previously objected against using the Hawk-Eye system for championship matches.

“If there’s anything there that Dublin would appeal anything that we can,” Rowe added.

“I don’t know if it will happen now again if we can’t get Hawk-Eye and stuff like that and we can’t go back and look through cameras that are standing right in front of our faces, to see if it’s a point or not, I can’t see how an appeal is going to go ahead but hopefully it does.”

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